Van Gaal: De Gea 'the boss' in contract talks

The Spaniard enters the final year of his Old Trafford contract this summer, with Real Madrid maintaining a keen interest as they seek a long-term successor to Iker Casillas


Louis van Gaal admits David De Gea will make the final decision on whether he remains at Manchester United.

De Gea has improved year-on-year since moving to Old Trafford for £18.9 million in the summer of 2012, and a string of impressive performances this season have seen him earn a place on the shortlist for the PFA Players’ Player of the Year award.

But the 24-year-old enters the final year of his contract this summer and with Real Madrid keen admirers, Van Gaal admits there is little he can do to keep De Gea if he wants to return to Spain.

“It takes a long time now,” Van Gaal said when asked about the status of De Gea’s contract talks. “It can always happen, but I am not the boss.

“The player is the boss and he can say yes or no. I want him to stay, but you will have to ask David de Gea, not me. He has to sign, but we have offered him a lot of money.”

Van Gaal also believes United’s attempts to strengthen their squad with big names this summer will be at the mercy of player power.

“At the end, the player has to decide,” the Dutchman added. “Not the manager and not the manager of the selling club. It’s also dependable on the market. The club is dependable of the market and the selling clubs and the buying clubs.

“It’s not so easy to finalise all the decisions you are making because the players are the boss, not the manager. Every time you read that I buy this player or that player, or have communicated with that player, it is not like that.”

Giggs will be next Man United manager – Van Gaal

The Dutchman rates the 41-year-old highly and believes he will get another shot at the top job after succeeding David Moyes on an interim basis last season


Louis van Gaal has revealed he expects assistant manager Ryan Giggs to succeed him as Manchester United manager.

Giggs holds the record for most United appearances of all time, having played 963 games during a 23-year career at Old Trafford and won 22 major trophies at the club under the guidance of Sir Alex Ferguson.

The 41-year-old joined David Moyes’ backroom team in the summer of 2013 and was named interim manager when the Scot was sacked last April, winning two of his four games in charge.

Van Gaal, who appointed Giggs as his assistant last summer, rates the Welshman highly and believes he will get another chance at the top job when the time comes for him to leave Old Trafford.

“I expect that he will be the next manager after I am gone,” Van Gaal told MUTV when asked about Giggs.

“Now I have the responsibility. He has tasks that he has to perform like the players. What he has to do, for me, he does it very well.”

Van Gaal’s current contract as United boss expires in the summer of 2017 and he has already intimated that this will be his last job.

Falcao's wages a problem for Juventus, says Marotta

The Serie A champions are interested in signing the Colombia international, but fear his wage demands could frustrate a potential deal

Juventus general director Giuseppe Marotta has acknowledged that Radamel Falcao’s wages could prove to be too much of an obstacle for the Serie A champions.

The Monaco man is currently on loan at Manchester United, but the Premier League side seem unlikely to make his move permanent come the end of his temporary spell.

Juve are closely monitoring Falcao’s situation and could make a move for the Colombia international if he were to become available this summer.

However, Marotta has admitted that negotiations will not be easy due to the 29-year-old’s hefty wages.

“The situation with Falcao is complicated,” Marotta told Sky Sports.

“His wages cannot be overlooked. At the moment, signing him seems to be a utopia.”

The Juve director then went on to discuss a potential move for Paris Saint-Germain forward Edinson Cavani and made it clear that they are unlikely to bring in the Uruguay international as PSG are not willing to sell.

“We really like Cavani, but at the moment he is not available.”

Juve are in the market for a new attacker due to the ongoing uncertainty about the future of Carlos Tevez, who is being heavily linked with a return to Boca Juniors, even though the Argentine has insisted nothing has been decided as of yet.

“Boca Juniors? There is nothing happening. People talk too much,” the Serie A top scorer told reporters. “I would rather enjoy this moment and focus on achieving our goals.”

Sherwood hopeful of permanent deal for Cleverley

The on-loan Manchester United midfielder has impressed the Aston Villa manager but all parties accept that securing the club’s Premier League future is the top priority


Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood hopes his side can come to an agreement with Manchester United to secure a permanent transfer for loanee Tom Cleverley.

The midfielder was signed by Sherwood’s predecessor, Paul Lambert, but struggled to make an impact at Villa Park under the Scot.

However, following the new boss’s arrival, the 25-year-old has produced performances that have convinced the ex-Tottenham man to pursue a permanent deal.

“We’re certainly interested in talking to Tom when the time is right,” Sherwood told the press.

“Tom, his representatives and Aston Villa are willing to put this on the back burner. They know how important it is to stay in the Premier League because, after all, Tom wouldn’t want to join a club in the Championship.

“[But] I think there’s a good chance we will try and do a deal and see if it is right for both parties.

“I’ve been pleased with Tom, I like him. I like what he adds to the side. He has a lot of energy [and] he links the ball very well.

“I think he can add goals to his game but he is certainly one of the names I put on the teamsheet straight away.”

Arsenal & Man Utd wouldn't want Simeone, says Carragher

The Spaniard has a reputation for his physical style at Atletico and the ex-Liverpool defender does not believe a top English team would want him


Jamie Carragher thinks Diego Simeone would struggle to get a job at an elite Premier League club because he does not play the right type of football.

Fierce rivals Real Madrid eliminated Simeone’s Atletico Madrid side from the Champions League on Wednesday, with a late Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez goal proving decisive.

Atletico attempted to strangle the tie over the 180 minutes, while Arda Turan was sent off in the second half of the second leg, but they were unable to repeat their heroic run to the final last season.

Despite Jose Mourinho’s battling style seeing Chelsea thrive at the top of the Premier League, Carragher does not believe Simeone’s rigidly physical tactics would attract the attention of Arsenal, Manchester City or Manchester United.

“I love watching him [Simeone] on the sidelines. I love watching his team play, a team of men. But there’s no way a top team – an Arsenal, a Man Utd, a Man City – will watch that and think ‘that’s the type of football we want to play,’” he told Sky Sports.

“He’s with an underdog now. It’s different. He’s not coach of Real Madrid or Barcelona. He’s coach of Atletico. They’re fighting against the odds.

“I admire him so much but talk of him going to a bigger club… I don’t think clubs will look at that and think ‘we want our team to play like that’. I don’t think top teams, giants of European football and in our league will want their teams to play like that.”

Simeone has won La Liga, the Copa del Rey, the Europa League, the Uefa Super Cup and the Supercopa de Espana since taking the reigns at Atletico.